Guidebook for Oakland

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Guidebook for Oakland

Food Scene
These are some of our favorite places to eat!
Best upscale Mediterranean food in the neighborhood!
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Shakewell
3407 Lakeshore Avenue
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Best upscale Mediterranean food in the neighborhood!
Considered the best pizza in Oakland! Original pizza restaurant owned by same chef is Pizzaiolo.
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Sister
3308 Grand Ave
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Considered the best pizza in Oakland! Original pizza restaurant owned by same chef is Pizzaiolo.
Really great burgers and shakes in our hood! Great for families.
Flipside Burgers, Fries and Shakes
3401 Lakeshore Avenue
Really great burgers and shakes in our hood! Great for families.
Considered the best coffee in the East Bay and elsewhere.
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Peet's Coffee
3258 Lakeshore Avenue
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Considered the best coffee in the East Bay and elsewhere.
People love to hang out here with their laptops.
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Starbucks
3347 Lakeshore Avenue
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People love to hang out here with their laptops.
Middle Eastern foods: Love their falafels and lemonade! Reasonably priced café.
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Holy Land Kosher Food
677 Rand Avenue
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Middle Eastern foods: Love their falafels and lemonade! Reasonably priced café.
Considered the best pizza in the East Bay!
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Pizzaiolo
5008 Telegraph Ave
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Considered the best pizza in the East Bay!
Very upscale, creative CA. cuisine with Two Michelin Stars. Expensive but excellent.
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Commis
3859 Piedmont Ave
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Very upscale, creative CA. cuisine with Two Michelin Stars. Expensive but excellent.
Very good inexpensive burgers.
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TrueBurger
4101 Broadway
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Very good inexpensive burgers.
Home-made pastas and wood-fired oven. Nice brunch food.
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Homestead
4029 Piedmont Avenue
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Home-made pastas and wood-fired oven. Nice brunch food.
Excellent Mexican/Oaxacan food with unique Mexcal cocktails.
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Calavera
2337 Broadway
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Excellent Mexican/Oaxacan food with unique Mexcal cocktails.
Good Spanish food with live music.
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Duende
468 19th St
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Good Spanish food with live music.
Hot spot for cocktails; very good small plates; eclectic CA. cuisine.
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Plum Cocktail Bar
2216 Broadway
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Hot spot for cocktails; very good small plates; eclectic CA. cuisine.
Very good CA. cuisine with excellent creative cocktails. Within walking distance to the Fox Theater.
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Flora
1900 Telegraph Avenue
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Very good CA. cuisine with excellent creative cocktails. Within walking distance to the Fox Theater.
Very reasonable and excellent al pastor tacos on homemade corn tortillas. Small, popular walk-in place. You can walk there from here--about 1 mile at our local shopping area on Lakeshore.
Rico Rico Taco
3205 Lakeshore Ave
Very reasonable and excellent al pastor tacos on homemade corn tortillas. Small, popular walk-in place. You can walk there from here--about 1 mile at our local shopping area on Lakeshore.
Locals' favorite breakfast/lunch spot for fried chicken, gumbo, etc. Can get very busy, so make reservations. Well-known and well-regarded chef trained at the Cordon Bleu.
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Brown Sugar Kitchen
2295 Broadway
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Locals' favorite breakfast/lunch spot for fried chicken, gumbo, etc. Can get very busy, so make reservations. Well-known and well-regarded chef trained at the Cordon Bleu.
Casual, popular, yummy Indian food. Fairly quick counter service.
dosa By DOSA
2301 Broadway
Casual, popular, yummy Indian food. Fairly quick counter service.
Hip Filipino fare with island-style cocktails with cool ambience.
FOB Kitchen
5179 Telegraph Ave
Hip Filipino fare with island-style cocktails with cool ambience.
Choose various types of Roman style pizza, CUT TO ORDER and sold by weight. Delicious choices!
Pollara Pizzeria
1788 Fourth Street
Choose various types of Roman style pizza, CUT TO ORDER and sold by weight. Delicious choices!
California New American focusing on seasonal, local foods. Specialty cocktails. Outdoor parklet with heaters.
Almond and Oak
3311 Grand Avenue
California New American focusing on seasonal, local foods. Specialty cocktails. Outdoor parklet with heaters.
Hip Mexican food scene with nice outdoor space! Order at the counter and find a table. Very busy and popular!
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doña
3770 Piedmont Avenue
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Hip Mexican food scene with nice outdoor space! Order at the counter and find a table. Very busy and popular!
Yummy , modern California-Israeli food. Order the cheese-filled falafels and cauliflower mezze and extra hummus!
Pomella
3770 Piedmont Avenue
Yummy , modern California-Israeli food. Order the cheese-filled falafels and cauliflower mezze and extra hummus!
Very hip and cool decor with delicious food and artisan cocktails. Unique, intimate environs to just hang out in!
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Bardo Lounge & Supper Club
3343 Lakeshore Ave
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Very hip and cool decor with delicious food and artisan cocktails. Unique, intimate environs to just hang out in!
Delicious Singaporean "hawker" foods. Mixed Singaporean and Cal/Italian sensibilities. Order online via Instagram. Popular hot spot.
Lion Dance Cafe
380 17th Street
Delicious Singaporean "hawker" foods. Mixed Singaporean and Cal/Italian sensibilities. Order online via Instagram. Popular hot spot.
Delicious Arab/Palestinian foods. Love their wraps with names like the "Steph Curry"! I love all their foods!
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Reem's California
3301 E 12th St
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Delicious Arab/Palestinian foods. Love their wraps with names like the "Steph Curry"! I love all their foods!
Limited amounts of hand-made soba, Japanese buckwheat noodles -- sells out quickly. Love their ramen and other foods! Located in funky West Oakland area with other hip cafes.
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Soba Ichi
2311A Magnolia St
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Limited amounts of hand-made soba, Japanese buckwheat noodles -- sells out quickly. Love their ramen and other foods! Located in funky West Oakland area with other hip cafes.
Our favorite Burmese restaurant! Everything is consistently good -- can't resist their garlic noodles and pea-shoot salad!
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Teni East Kitchen
4015 Broadway
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Our favorite Burmese restaurant! Everything is consistently good -- can't resist their garlic noodles and pea-shoot salad!
Most people consider Noah's to have the best bagels, and I agree.
Noah's Bagels
3351 Lakeshore Avenue
Most people consider Noah's to have the best bagels, and I agree.
Lines out the door for their fried chicken sandwiches! Lunch only -- go early or later than noon.
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Bakesale Betty
5098 Telegraph Avenue
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Lines out the door for their fried chicken sandwiches! Lunch only -- go early or later than noon.
Locals like their home-made pizzas, soups, breads and pastries.
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Arizmendi Bakery
3265 Lakeshore Avenue
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Locals like their home-made pizzas, soups, breads and pastries.
Convenient one-stop shopping: excellent cheese, fish, meat, deli, bakery, wine, coffee and produce shops. Top-rated, unique foods; excellent olive oils & vinegars, etc.
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Rockridge Market Hall
5655 College Avenue
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Convenient one-stop shopping: excellent cheese, fish, meat, deli, bakery, wine, coffee and produce shops. Top-rated, unique foods; excellent olive oils & vinegars, etc.
The most anticipated BBQ restaurant opened 11/20. Expect 1-3 hr. lines Fri-Sun in West Oakland! Matt Horn is a master pit master.
Horn Barbecue
2534 Mandela Parkway
The most anticipated BBQ restaurant opened 11/20. Expect 1-3 hr. lines Fri-Sun in West Oakland! Matt Horn is a master pit master.
I like their CA./Japanese sensibility. Known for their fried chicken and juicy burgers.
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Hopscotch
1915 San Pablo Ave
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I like their CA./Japanese sensibility. Known for their fried chicken and juicy burgers.
Yummy chocolates, drinks and pastries.
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The Chocolate Dragon Bittersweet Cafe and Bakery
5427 College Avenue
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Yummy chocolates, drinks and pastries.
Everything Else
Local pharmacy.
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Walgreens
3250 Lakeshore Avenue
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Local pharmacy.
Essentials
Low-cost neighborhood grocery with many organic choices and inexpensive wines and flowers.
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Trader Joe's
3250 Lakeshore Avenue
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Low-cost neighborhood grocery with many organic choices and inexpensive wines and flowers.
Safeway on Grand Ave. is closer, but the one on Broadway is bigger and better staffed.
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Safeway
5100 Broadway
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Safeway on Grand Ave. is closer, but the one on Broadway is bigger and better staffed.
Similar to Safeway grocery store.
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Lucky Supermarket
1963 Mountain Boulevard
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Similar to Safeway grocery store.
This is where I shop the most, even though it's more expensive than other grocery stores. Has great amount of organic foods, produce & fruits; fish, meat, deli, cheese & prepared foods; supplements & vitamins; cafe.
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Whole Foods Market
230 Bay Place
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This is where I shop the most, even though it's more expensive than other grocery stores. Has great amount of organic foods, produce & fruits; fish, meat, deli, cheese & prepared foods; supplements & vitamins; cafe.
Parks & Nature
There is a popular 3.4 mile/5 kilometers walking and jogging path around its perimeter. This is a natural salt water tidal lagoon connected to the Oakland/Alameda Estuary (part of the Pacific Ocean's tide). Go people watch, bird watch, cruise on a gondola, lay on the grass, and enjoy local musicians and the sunshine! There's a great outdoor bar to view everything.
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Lake Merritt
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There is a popular 3.4 mile/5 kilometers walking and jogging path around its perimeter. This is a natural salt water tidal lagoon connected to the Oakland/Alameda Estuary (part of the Pacific Ocean's tide). Go people watch, bird watch, cruise on a gondola, lay on the grass, and enjoy local musicians and the sunshine! There's a great outdoor bar to view everything.
Nice hikes nearby.
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Redwood Regional Park
7867 Redwood Rd
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Nice hikes nearby.
Convenient hiking areas nearby.
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Joaquin Miller Park
3300 Joaquin Miller Road
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Convenient hiking areas nearby.
A relatively easy short loop around the Preserve.
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Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve
7087 Skyline Boulevard
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A relatively easy short loop around the Preserve.
Tilden Park is one of the gems in the Bay Area!
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Tilden Regional Park
2501 Grizzly Peak Boulevard
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Tilden Park is one of the gems in the Bay Area!
Arts & Culture
Wonderful permanent and special exhibits. Great collection of California artists. Has fun "Friday Nights" events & many good food trucks there.
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Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St
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Wonderful permanent and special exhibits. Great collection of California artists. Has fun "Friday Nights" events & many good food trucks there.
This is an immersive art and community experience held on the first Friday of each month from 5-9pm. There are art galleries, artist collectives, street artists, culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs and poets. A fun experience walking on Telegraph Ave.!
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First Fridays
2414 Telegraph Ave
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This is an immersive art and community experience held on the first Friday of each month from 5-9pm. There are art galleries, artist collectives, street artists, culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs and poets. A fun experience walking on Telegraph Ave.!
Shopping
Find unique, trendy, humorous gifts, jewelry and great local maps.
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Urban Indigo
3339 Lakeshore Avenue
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Find unique, trendy, humorous gifts, jewelry and great local maps.
There's always a trendy bargain!
Gap
3277 Lakeshore Avenue
There's always a trendy bargain!
One of a kind, hand-crafted gifts and other products. Hosts crafts classes.
Bay-Made
3295 Lakeshore Ave
One of a kind, hand-crafted gifts and other products. Hosts crafts classes.
Entertainment & Activities
Historic art deco movie palace with grand lobby, awesome main theater, beautiful ceilings and staircase. Wurlitzer organ and raffles on Saturday! Great matinee prices and $5 movies on Tuesdays; good food/snacks. Owner's political messages on marquee are hilarious!
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Grand Lake Theatre
3200 Grand Ave
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Historic art deco movie palace with grand lobby, awesome main theater, beautiful ceilings and staircase. Wurlitzer organ and raffles on Saturday! Great matinee prices and $5 movies on Tuesdays; good food/snacks. Owner's political messages on marquee are hilarious!
Very popular and beautifully renovated theater for music.
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Fox Theater
1807 Telegraph Avenue
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Very popular and beautifully renovated theater for music.
Popular, small and intimate jazz venue -- great viewing in most seats. Also wonderful Japanese food -- if you have a dinner reservation, you get an advantage for better seats.
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Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
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Popular, small and intimate jazz venue -- great viewing in most seats. Also wonderful Japanese food -- if you have a dinner reservation, you get an advantage for better seats.